Did you know that most Christmas tree fires are caused by trees being too close to the heating source? This holiday season, we’d like to provide some fire safety tips to help you stay safe.
Holiday Fire Facts
Thankfully, Christmas tree fires are not very common—however, when they do occur, they are deadly. According to information from the U.S. Fire Administration, one out of every 31 Christmas tree fires results in a death.
Some other important holiday fire facts to remember are:
- Holiday fires claim more than 500 lives nationwide
- Candle fires are four times more likely to occur during the holiday season.
- Each year, roughly 47,000 fires occur during the winter holidays, causing an estimated $554 million in property damage.
- Holiday fires cause more than 2,200 injuries each year.
- Having a smoke alarm (in good working order!) reduces the chances of dying in a fire by nearly half.
Fire Safety Tips for the Holidays
We want everyone to enjoy a safe and happy holiday. The good news is a bit of precaution and common sense will make your holidays a lot safer. Follow these tips to ensure a holly jolly Christmas for everyone.
1. Check your lights
There’s nothing like a gorgeous Christmas tree decorated with festive, colorful lights. However, if you don’t check your cords, this picture-perfect scene can become a dangerous fire hazard. Be sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions and check the cord for damage—you want to be sure it’s not frayed. Also, avoid overloading your outlet with several different plugs.
2. “Fireproof” your tree.
If you use an artificial tree, be sure it’s made from fire-retardant materials. If you have a natural tree, be sure that you keep it watered—brittle, dry branches can easily start a fire. Keep the tree away from heat sources.
3. Keep all decorations at least three feet away from heat sources.
This means the fireplace, radiators, heat vents and candles.
4. Always extinguish your candles!
It’s far too easy to get caught up in the excitement of the holiday season and forget to put out the candles. Leaving them burning unattended can cause disastrous consequences. Remember to always make a “pass” through the house at night to be sure all candles are extinguished.
5. Is your smoke detector working?
Before you hit the stores for the “Black Friday” sales, make sure your smoke detector is in working order.
Allen Kelly, your local HVAC dealer, can help
For more than 30 years we’ve provided excellent service to residents in the Triangle and beyond. We suggest having your heating checked as soon as possible so you can stay nice and safely warm during the holidays. Our professionals will inspect your system to be sure that everything is in working order and there are no problems that would present a fire hazard.
This season, we have a lot to be thankful for. We’re thankful for our wonderful customers who have made us a successful part of the Triangle community for almost 30 years.
We want you to have a happy holiday season, which is why we hope you’ll remember these important fire safety tips.